Watch: SNL Editor Adam Epstein Breaks Down 6 Rules of an ‘Ideal Cut’

Oscar-winner Walter Murch’s set of criteria for a good cut is essential knowledge for any editor.

Have you ever heard about the Rule of Six? It’s a set of editing “rules” created by editor Walter Murch that essentially reveal the Oscar winner’s creative process while in the editing room, and though he would be the first to tell you that following these criteria is more of a personal choice than a requirement, the Rule of Six can be incredibly helpful for those who want to grow in their craft.

If you’ve never heard about Murch’s famous rules, SNL editor Adam Epstein explains them in great detail in his MZed editing course “The Cutting Edge” and luck for us, the Film Riot crew offers this portion of his presentation in the video below. Check it out!

We’ve covered Murch’s Rule of Six here a couple of times, but Epstein, being not only the editor for Documentary Now! but an SNL alum as well offers plenty of excellent insider advice on how to approach each “rule” in your own work.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Opens March 2018!

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Opens March 2018!

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens March 2018!

Wreck-It Ralph is escaping out of his arcade and into the expansive universe of the internet next year when Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits the big screen. Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, revealed the much-anticipated sequel’s title and told CinemaCon attendees that Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer would be returning to the roster with John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.

Also returning are the team behind the original Wreck-It Ralph, who won an Oscar last month for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ billion-dollar-box-office-blockbuster Zootopia. Directors Rich Moore (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and Phil Johnston (writer, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, Cedar Rapids), and producer Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt) are hard at work on the movie. “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”

Added Johnston, “We’re so excited to be working with Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Fix-It Felix and Sergeant Calhoun again, and we have new characters we look forward to unveiling. At the center of this film, as in the first one, is the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope, two once-outcasts, who in each other, found true friendship.”

When Wreck-It Ralph opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for best animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph won the PGA Award for outstanding producer of an animated theatrical motion picture as well as five Annie Awards, including best animated feature, director, cast and screenplay. The film was named best animated feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, earned outstanding achievement in casting for an animated feature by the Casting Society of America, and won the Kids’ Choice Award for favorite animated movie.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits U.S. theaters on March 9, 2018.

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Superhero Bits: Logan Breaks Records, Possible Green Lantern Tease, NuHumans & More

Boss Logic - David Harbour as Cable

Is Armie Hammer hinting at potentially playing Green Lantern in the DCEU? What would David Harbour look like as Cable? How much did Logan make in its opening weekend? Should Spider-Man get his own LEGO movie? Why did Hugh Jackman almost quit playing Wolverine after X-Men Origins?  All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

DC Super Hero Girls

Mattel won an award for Toy of the Year thanks to their female-centric DC Super Hero Girls line of action figures.

David Sobolov, the voice of Gorilla Grodd on The CW series The Flash, is voicing Doctor Fate in Injustice 2.

Hugh Jackman shared this video after he had completed the last day of reshoots on Logan sometime last year.

The LEGO Batman Movie didn’t make a big splash at the Chinese box office, pulling in just $ 3.6 million in its debut.

Batman v Superman - Knightmare Batman - One: 12 Collective Figure

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Knightmare Batman One:12 Collective figure was canceled, but now it’s not.

ScreenRant put together a list of 15 other Marvel Comics characters who use adamantium besides Wolverine.

Boss Logic - David Harbour as Cable

BossLogic imagines what Stranger Things star David Harbour might look like if he was cast as Cable in Deadpool 2.

Logan pulled in over $ 88 million in its opening weekend, setting a record for the best R-rated opening in March.

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‘The Good Postman’ Breaks Every Documentary Rule You Know—And It’s Amazing

“Minimal interference doesn’t mean maximum reality.”

In the course of making documentaries over the last decade, director Tonislav Hristov and writer Lubomir Tsvetkov have embraced a controversial idea: just letting the camera roll is not the best way to bring out the truth. Instead, by taking on the difficult task of staging reality, Hristov believes you can get much closer to the essence of the story.

The results are stunning in The Good Postman, which follows a postman’s mayoral run on a platform of welcoming refugees into his Bulgarian border town of 38 elderly residents. Hristov and Tsvetkov sat down with No Film School at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to talk about their refreshingly unorthodox style of documentary filmmaking.

“When it comes down to it, I stage situations that work because I know the people so well.”

NFS: The Good Postman feels like a narrative because there is beautiful coverage (including reverse shots and establishing shots) that you just don’t see in traditional vérité documentary. How were you able to make the film this way?

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